Consequences of foolish counsel…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 19:11-15

  The princes of Zoan are utterly foolish;

the wisest counselors of Pharaoh

give stupid counsel.

How can you say to Pharaoh,

“I am a son of the wise,

a son of ancient kings”?

 Where then are your wise men?

Let them tell you

that they might know what the LORD of hosts has purposed against Egypt.

 The princes of Zoan have become fools,

and the princes of Memphis are deluded;

those who are the cornerstones of her tribes

have made Egypt stagger.

 The LORD has mingled within her

a spirit of confusion,

and they will make Egypt stagger in all its deeds,

 as a drunken man staggers in his vomit.

  And there will be nothing for Egypt

that head or tail, palm branch or reed,

may do.

When foolish counsel is given and heeded there can no good come from it.

“…The princes of Zoan have become fools,

and the princes of Memphis are deluded; …”

These are those to give counsel to Pharoah, the head of the people.  We have the same.  Advisors to our leaders who are foolish and delusional.  God’s word says when these are heeded and their advice is followed:

“…there will be nothing…

that head or tail, palm branch or reed,

may do. …”

Consequences of poor advice, advice that is given based upon man’s abilities and pride, when followed will come.  Those consequences are given over and over in scripture.  The unbeliever has no recourse.

For the believer there are many promises of provision, refuge, care, love given by God to his people.  Blessed be the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Hand of judge or hand of love…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 191:10

  An oracle concerning Egypt.

Behold, the LORD is riding on a swift cloud

and comes to Egypt;

 and the idols of Egypt will tremble at his presence,

and the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them.

 And I will stir up Egyptians against Egyptians,

and they will fight, each against another

and each against his neighbor,

city against city, kingdom against kingdom;

 

  and the spirit of the Egyptians within them

will be emptied out,

and I will confound their counsel;

and they will inquire of the idols and the sorcerers,

and the mediums and the necromancers;

  and I will give over the Egyptians

 into the hand of a hard master,

and a fierce king will rule over them,

declares the Lord GOD of hosts.

  And the waters of the sea will be dried up,

and the river will be dry and parched,

 and its canals will become foul,

and the branches of Egypt’s Nile will diminish and dry up,

reeds and rushes will rot away.

  There will be bare places by the Nile,

on the brink of the Nile,

and all that is sown by the Nile will be parched,

will be driven away, and will be no more.

 The fishermen will mourn and lament,

all who cast a hook in the Nile;

and they will languish

who spread nets on the water.

 The workers in combed flax will be in despair,

and the weavers of white cotton.

 Those who are the pillars of the land will be crushed,

and all who work for pay will be grieved.

This is a collapse of the economy that is built around a river that dries up.  The One who created the river is rejected and despised and the resulting judgment affects all.  We can learn from this.

“…For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us,…”

The same One who creates and judges also loves.  This same One gave a son to redeem back those who were deceived and turned away.  We know this One, the Lord God of all,  and His Son, Jesus Christ.  With this knowledge we receive that redemption and our lives are a contrast between righteous and unrighteous.  God has not changed, will not change.  He is who He is and does what He does.  We know that.  We also know with forgiveness through Christ, comes light that can transform a dark world.  Let us be that light and turn back the coming tide of judgment against all who reject and deny the One who created them.  Let us be active in prayer, in sharing what we know and receive.  Let us lead by example, in humility, in love as Christ led and leads.  Let us allow the Holy Spirit to do the work of the kingdom of God through us.

hand of love

We are warned over and over what denying God will bring.  Let us take heed, share the wisdom found in scripture, share the love found in Christ, share the redemption and remission of sins through Christ’s sacrifice, share the joy of life lived in Him.

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Look…hear…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 18

 Ah, land of whirring wings that is beyond the rivers of Cush,

which sends ambassadors by the sea,

in vessels of papyrus on the waters!

Go, you swift messengers,

 to a nation tall and smooth,

to a people feared near and far,

a nation mighty and conquering,

whose land the rivers divide.

 

 All you inhabitants of the world,

you who dwell on the earth,

when a signal is raised on the mountains, look

 When a trumpet is blown, hear!

 For thus the LORD said to me:

“I will quietly look from my dwelling

like clear heat in sunshine,

like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.”

 

  For before the harvest, when the blossom is over,

and the flower becomes a ripening grape,

he cuts off the shoots with pruning hooks,

and the spreading branches he lops off and clears away.

They shall all of them be left

 to the birds of prey of the mountains

and to the beasts of the earth.

 

And the birds of prey will summer on them,

and all the beasts of the earth will winter on them.

 At that time tribute will be brought to the LORD of hosts

from a people tall and smooth,

from a people feared near and far,

a nation mighty and conquering,

whose land the rivers divide,

to Mount Zion, the place of the name of the LORD of hosts

“…when a signal is raised on the mountains, look

 When a trumpet is blown, hear! …”

The Lord warns, the Lord speaks.  Are we alert to his voice? Do we hear his message?  Can we see the signs of warning?  His word is filled with plenty of stories, tales, and poetry.  They tell us how to live, what life is, and how to enjoy this gift of life.  They advise what to embrace and what to avoid.  Hear the ‘trumpet’ and see the ‘signal.’  We are loved and not forgotten.

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When God is not in it…you have forgotten the God of your salvation

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 17:10-14

 For you have forgotten the God

 of your salvation

 and have not remembered the Rock

 of your refuge;

therefore, though you plant pleasant plants

and sow the vine-branch of a stranger,

  though you make them grow on the day that you plant them,

and make them blossom in the morning that you sow,

 yet the harvest will flee away

 in a day of grief and incurable pain.

Ah, the thunder of many peoples;

 they thunder like the thundering of the sea!

 Ah, the roar of nations;

they roar like the roaring of mighty waters!

  The nations roar like the roaring of many waters,

 but he will rebuke them, and they will flee far away,

chased like chaff on the mountains before the wind

 and whirling dust before the storm.

  At evening time, behold, terror!

 Before morning, they are no more!

This is the portion of those who loot us,

and the lot of those who plunder us.

What we do will not prosper and last if we have not included the Lord God in it.  Anything we do without asking the Lord’s blessing has a good chance of failing.  Anything we do that is contrary to His commands, or denies His sovereignty will eventually fail.  What is done with God in it will last.  We can look on a thing to see if God is in it.  We need to take care that just because the Lord’s name is used that isn’t enough.  Many will be turned away with the words, “I never knew you,” from Jesus and their response will be, “but we did this and that in your name.”  His response remains.  We can look upon a thing and see if God is in it by the results, the spirit of those involved, its compliance with the scripture we know.  If not, let it be.

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This is what pride brings…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 17:1-9

 An oracle concerning Damascus. Behold, Damascus will cease to be a city and will become a heap of ruins.

  The cities of Aroer are deserted;

they will be for flocks,

which will lie down, and none will make them afraid.

 The fortress will disappear from Ephraim,

 and the kingdom from Damascus;

and the remnant of Syria will be

like the glory of the children of Israel,

declares the LORD of hosts.

 And in that day the glory of Jacob will be brought low,

and the fat of his flesh will grow lean.

 And it shall be as when the reaper gathers standing grain

 and his arm harvests the ears,

and as when one gleans the ears of grain

in the Valley of Rephaim.

  Gleanings will be left in it,

as when an olive tree is beaten—

two or three berries

in the top of the highest bough,

four or five

on the branches of a fruit tree,

declares the LORD God of Israel.

 In that day man will look to his Maker, and his eyes will look on the Holy One of Israel.

 He will not look to the altars, the work of his hands, and he will not look on what his own fingers have made, either the Asherim or the altars of incense. In that day their strong cities will be like the deserted places of the wooded heights and the hilltops, which they deserted because of the children of Israel, and there will be desolation.

As the Lord brought judgment in times past for pride of self and arrogance do we think we shall escape the same?  Only when we look upon the Holy One of Israel, our Lord Jesus Christ; we receive then the promise of redemption and salvation.  We are reminded here to keep our eyes upon Christ,

“…man will look to his Maker, and his eyes will look on the Holy One of Israel….”

not the work of our hands, not what we have made or done.

“… he will not look on what his own fingers have made, …”

Our hopes and provision rests in Him and Him alone.  At times it may be that the difficulties we experience as we travel through life are our own doing, results of our pride which so easily gets in our way creating a hindrance to the work and will of God.  And so we are at the effect of the shaping and fine tuning of our Lord who loves us and wants us to be fruitful.  We are hindered in bearing fruit for the Lord if all we present is ourselves and what we have done.  Let the works speak for themselves.  God’s will be done in our lives.  Be alert to the presence of pride in our lives – may we refocus on the Holy One and Him alone.

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No joy in punishment…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 16:6-14

 We have heard of the pride of Moab—

 how proud he is!—

 of his arrogance, his pride, and his insolence;

 in his idle boasting he is not right.

 Therefore let Moab wail for Moab,

 let everyone wail.

 Mourn, utterly stricken,

for the raisin cakes of Kir-hareseth.

 For the fields of Heshbon languish,

and the vine of Sibmah;

the lords of the nations

 have struck down its branches,

which reached to Jazer and strayed to the desert;

 its shoots spread abroad

 and passed over the sea.

  Therefore I weep

with the weeping of Jazer

 for the vine of Sibmah;

 I drench you with my tears, O Heshbon and Elealeh;

for over your summer fruit and your harvest

 the shout has ceased.

  And joy and gladness are taken away

 from the fruitful field,

 and in the vineyards no songs are sung,

 no cheers are raised;

 no treader treads out wine in the presses;

 I have put an end to the shouting.

Therefore my inner parts moan like a lyre for Moab,

 and my inmost self for Kir-hareseth.

 And when Moab presents himself, when he wearies himself on the high place, when he comes to his sanctuary to pray, he will not prevail.

 This is the word that the LORD spoke concerning Moab in the past.  But now the LORD has spoken, saying, “In three years, like the years of a hired worker, the glory of Moab will be brought into contempt, in spite of all his great multitude, and those who remain will be very few and feeble.”

There is no joy in punishment.  There is sorrow at the wrong doing and pride of those who practice evil or turn from God to themselves.  We are given many detailed visuals of how much pride and arrogance displeases our God.  Create in us a right heart and a right spirit, O God…

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A cry for justice and safety…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 16:1-5

  Send the lamb to the ruler of the land, from Sela, by way of the desert, to the mount of the daughter of Zion.

  Like fleeing birds,

like a scattered nest,

so are the daughters of Moab

at the fords of the Arnon.

  “Give counsel;

 grant justice;

 make your shade like night

 at the height of noon;

shelter the outcasts;

do not reveal the fugitive;

  let the outcasts of Moab

sojourn among you;

be a shelter to them

 from the destroyer.

 When the oppressor is no more,

 and destruction has ceased,

 and he who tramples underfoot

 has vanished from the land,

  then a throne will be established in steadfast love,

and on it will sit in faithfulness

in the tent of David

 one who judges

 and seeks justice

and is swift to do righteousness.”

What does humanity cry for?  It cries for justice, peace and safety from the oppressor.  It cries for righteousness, a way of living that demonstrates love for one another.  And where will this be found?  Is there any place upon this earth that is free of oppression, free of destruction?  Only in Christ is this found.  There is a place in the spirit that transcends the physical and outlasts the temporal. Only in Christ, sent by God to establish a kingdom ruled by love, faithfulness and right living.  A place of justice where there is no oppression and no destruction.  This is a promise we can hold onto.  In Christ we are found in that safe place with a promise of good not evil, of eternity with God that starts now.

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